How Much Sleep Do You Need? Sleep Cycles & Stages, Lack of Sleep & Getting the Hours You Need The power of sleep Many of us try to sleep as little as possible. There are so many things that seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, but just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort! Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha. If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting.
Automate Your Home From Wired How-To Wiki It's every nerd's fantasy — a "smart house" that knows when you've left the lights on and turns them off, adjusts the heat and A/C according to the outside temperature, closes the blinds in the afternoon sun and reminds you to get milk at the store. It may sound like something out of a 1980s sci-fi movie, but it's not as far-fetched as you think. Idea Seeding Better Than Brainstorming Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi, at OK/Cancel have written an article sharing the creative process they use for creating their awesome strips. Idea seeding is the process where they use time constraints and design/refine cycles to improve their ability to create quality “product.” They also wonder about extending this approach to other areas where brainstorming is normally used. OK/Cancel Even if you aren’t interested in idea seeding, you need to check out OK/Cancel.
Before I Sleep: Software review: iListen voice recognition program by MacSpeech I have been using a voice recognition program called iListen for several weeks. Overall, I am satisfied but it can be extremely frustrating at times. First, the good part: it allows me to effectuate one of the main rules espoused by my legal writing instructor during the first year of law school. How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle In One Night Wise Bread Picks Not eating for 12-16 hours can help people quickly reset their sleep-wake cycle, according to a study from the Harvard Medical School. This discovery can drastically improve a person's ability to cope with jet lag or adjust to working late shifts.
43 Ways to Leave Your Comfort Zone and Rock Your Life Leaving your comfort zone means doing something you’re normally not comfortable with, with the intention of beating the status quo and conquering your fears. Successful people know the importance of pushing your boundaries and trying new things. You can’t get different results without doing something different, and doing the same thing over and over again wont help. Plus it’s also fun to break habits. But how do you actually get started? I was looking for a list of ways to leave my comfort zone a while ago, but I couldn’t find any so I decided to make my own.
Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence In addition to Goleman’s lack of sensitivity to the brain-to-mind translation problem, and his failure to acknowledge that we already know much about the mind through its works and constructs, Goleman’s work is often inconsistent and sometimes incoherent. Let us look at some cases. Two Brains Equals Two Minds Because Goleman’s “theory” of mind is based strictly on his interpretations of data from brain research, he comes to some questionable conclusions about the mind. For example, he states, “sensory signals from eye or ear travel first in the brain to the thalamus and then — across a single synapse — to the amygdala; a second signal from the thalamus is routed to the neocortex — the thinking brain.
Sleepy Brits Are The Grumpiest ‘Morning People' In Europe The majority of British people dread the alarm clock and hit the snooze button every morning, a study has discovered, making Brits the most grumpy morning people in Europe. Compared to our European counterparts, who wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day, Brits are short-tempered, miserable and still half asleep when they eventually pull themselves from under the duvet. According to the study by Philips Wake-up Light, only a third of Brits consider themselves an 'early-bird' who rises out of bed as soon as the alarm clock goes off, and 40 per cent admit they struggle to find the energy to get out of bed after countless snooze alarm attempts. The survey involved 11, 000 Europeans and found that British people spend an astonishing four months over the course of a lifetime hitting the snooze button on their alarm clocks.
High Existence - StumbleUpon Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How to Live on 24 Hours a Day How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (1910), written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live. In this volume, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing) within the confines of 24 hours a day. Philosophy In the book, Bennett addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
Perry Unveils New Economic Plan In political developments, media outlets analyzed GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry's new plan, which includes a national flat tax, would cut discretionary funding by at least $100 billion a year, and would overhaul Medicare and Medicaid. In other news, a new poll uncovers deep distrust of the government, with about a quarter of the public in favor of repealing the entire health law. The New York Times: New Poll Finds A Deep Distrust Of Government With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans' distrust of government at its highest level ever. … Only about a quarter of the public said that lowering taxes on large corporations or repealing the entire national health care law was a good idea. But half of the public favors reducing or repealing regulations on businesses in the United States (Zeleny and Brenan, 10/25).